Nathaniel Hawthorne

the United States
Nathaniel Hawthorne
the United States

Quotes

11 November 2014
Is it a fact—or have I dreamt it—that, by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time?
11 November 2014
Every young sculptor seems to think that he must give the world some specimen of indecorous womanhood, and call it Eve, Venus, a Nymph, or any name that may apologize for a lack of decent clothing.
11 November 2014
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.
11 November 2014
The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed.
11 November 2014
My fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who should entertain an idea of committing suicide, and, altogether beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered.
11 November 2014
It contributes greatly towards a man's moral and intellectual health, to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate.
11 November 2014
The world, that gray-bearded and wrinkled profligate, decrepit, without being venerable.
11 November 2014
Man's own youth is the world's youth; at least he feels as if it were, and imagines that the earth's granite substance is something not yet hardened, and which he can mould into whatever shape he likes.
11 November 2014
Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.
11 November 2014
On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter A.

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